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Health Tip: Diagnosing Alzheimer's Early

-- If a loved one has symptoms of Alzheimer's disease, he or she should visit a doctor for a formal evaluation.

It may be easier to control the disease if it's diagnosed early, the Alzheimer's Association says.

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Health Tip: Control Your Blood Pressure

-- Uncontrolled high blood pressure is dangerous and could even lead to death, the American Heart Association says.

The AHA offers these suggestions for controlling high blood pressure:

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Health Tip: How Much Sleep Does Your Child Need?

-- The amount of sleep a child needs varies at different ages, the American Academy of Pediatrics says.

While different kids of the same age may require different amounts, there are science-based guidelines of suggested sleep amounts for each age, the academy says.

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Health Tip: Simple CPR

-- Doing CPR on someone in cardiac arrest can double the chances of survival, the American Heart Association says.

The AARP recommends these steps for administering CPR:

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Health Tip: Prevent Rotavirus

-- Rotavirus causes diarrhea, vomiting, fever and abdominal pain. It is highly contagious, especially among young children with weaker immune systems, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says.

Children can become dehydrated and may require hospitalization. Symptoms of dehydration include decrease in urination, dry mouth and throat, feeling dizzy when standing up and crying with few or no tears.

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Health Tip: Eat Less, Enjoy More

-- A key to successful dieting is to enjoy your food more, while eating less, the U.S. Department of Agriculture says.

Your meals should include all of the food groups while limiting sugar, salt and saturated fat, the agency says.

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Health Tip: Don't Ignore Changes in Skin Color

-- You should never ignore a change in skin color, especially if you have cancer, the American Cancer Society says.

A change in skin color typically means something's wrong in the body. In people with cancer, it can be due to factors including tumor growth, sun exposure or a side effect of treatment, the society says.

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Health Tip: Build Stronger Bones

-- The foods you eat and drink during childhood will impact the strength of your bones as you age, the Nemours Foundation says.

Most of your bone density stems from what you eat and drink as children and teens, says Nemours, which notes the process is virtually finished when a person reaches age 20.

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